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Obelisk for climbing rose

Hi all,

I’m self-isolating as both me and my partner have symptoms (mild - we’re fine, just bored!). It’s given me lots of time to look out the window at one of my new roses.

I need an obelisk or support of some kind to train Rose Warm Welcome up. It’s still a very small plant (was bought two months ago) However it’s currently not in the biggest pot (circular tub - 33cm diameter, 40cm high). 

Should I:

a, buy a smaller obelisk and train it in its existing pot?


b, buy a bigger pot and an obelisk to suit?

Any help welcome - particularly if you have a link to a suitable obelisk for either option!!

thanks 😊 and stay safe everyone. Xxx


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,571
    Warm Welcome is a lovely rose. Although it is classed as a miniature climber it can still grow to 8 ft. I've seen it in David Austin's garden. I would re-plant into a bigger pot and obelisk to match, unless it can grow in the ground. A rose in a pot will need feeding and watering a lot more than a rose in the ground, especially when mature.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • thanks @Busy-Lizzie - I have two dogs that like to sniff everything and Warm Welcome seems to be a particularly thorny beast and I don't think I have a space on the sunny side of the garden so it looks like a bigger pot is in order! 

    Thanks again :smiley:
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 85,976
    Dogs soon learn that some plants are not to be sniffed at 😉 they can cope with roses in the garden. 🌹 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,626
    Definitely a bigger pot and regular feeding and watering.

    The style of obelisk depends on your taste and the kind of garden you have.  If you're handy, you could make one.  Geoff Hamilton made a very sturdy, wooden obelisk in his Cottage Garden series.  You can buy the book online but it's often to be found in charity shops and there's probably a video on youtube if you hunt for it.

    However, for pots I prefer metal ones with straight sides because they sit better against the sides and it's fairly easy to wind stems around them horizontally or diagonally to encourage extra blooms.  They also do not need painting and maintenance as they don't rot like wood.   Plenty of choice on this site and no doubt others if you google - 
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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